Who is eligible?
Applicants must meet the following criteria: - The respective National Commission for UNESCO of the invited developing Member State must endorse any candidature submitted for consideration (applications from individuals cannot be entertained). - Candidates under this Programme must be post-graduate researchers, already holding either a M.A. or M.Sc. and wishing to pursue research work outside their own country (preferably in their own region), with a view to enhancing knowledge in one of the four specific fields listed earlier. - Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age. - Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country upon their return. - The selected fellow must carry out the research studies outside of his/her own country under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution.
Who selects the beneficiaries?
Selection Committees composed of experts in the four areas listed above make recommendations for the final decision. Applications are judged on the basis of their merits and their pertinence to the UNESCO / Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme. (UNESCO / Japan Young Researchers' Fellowship Programme)
What did they receive?
For 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, each selected beneficiary was awarded US $7,500 to cover the costs of undertaking research study abroad. Due to the success of the programme, the Japanese authorities decided in 2005 to increase the amount of the fellowship, to be determined by the duration and place of research (between US $6,000 and US $10,000). The maximum amount should not exceed US $10,000.
Attention: The new cycle 2017 will be announced in the coming months!